Trump officially recognizes Russia's role in U.S. cyber attacks

12:32, 07 January 2017
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President-elect Donald Trump has acknowledged the involvement of the Russian Federation in cyber attacks on U.S. infrastructure but does not believe that these attacks had an effect on the outcome of the election.


"While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines. There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful," he said in a statement at the conclusion of the meeting with Intelligence Community leaders.

Read alsoCNN: Intel report says U.S. identifies go-betweens who gave emails to WikiLeaks"Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses we need to aggressively combat and stop cyber attacks. I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office. The methods, tools and tactics we use to keep America safe should not be a public discussion that will benefit those who seek to do us harm. Two weeks from today I will take the oath of office and America's safety and security will be my number one priority," Trump said.

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